Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Training Camp Edition

BBD Editor: Dan Hope
BBD Staff Writer: Ryan Talbot

As of July 31, the Buffalo Bills have 89 players on their roster. Inspired by Mike Loyko’s ranking for NE Patriots Draft of every New England Patriots player, BBD’s Dan Hope and Ryan Talbot decided to rank the Buffalo Bills from 1 to 89, with each player categorized by their level of expected impact and/or their likeliness to make the roster.

With so many young wide receivers added to the roster this offseason, Chris Hogan faces long odds of making the Buffalo Bills’ regular-season team. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Roster Longshots

89. Hutch Eckerson, OL
88. DeMarco Sampson, WR
87. Kip Edwards, CB
86. Ryan Turnley, C/G
85. Brian Smith, LB
84. Don Unamba, CB
83. Zach Brown, RB
82. Dominique Ellis, CB
81. Kourtnei Brown, LB
80. Thomas Welch, OT
79. Corbin Bryant, DT
78. Jordan Dangerfield, FS
77. Izaan Cross, DE
76. Aaron Tipoti, DT
75. Drew Smith, RB
74. Kendall Gaskins, RB
73. Jarron Gilbert, DT
72. Chris Hogan, WR

All of these players are on the Bills’ roster going into training camp, but none of them are likely to be there when the regular season begins. These players have not proven themselves worthy of NFL regular-season play. They will need to not only stand out in training camp and the preseason, but have injuries or struggles to players in front of them.

Outside of the Bubble

71. T.J. Heath, CB
70. Tony Hills, OT
69. Mana Silva, SS
68. Marcus Easley, WR
67. Zack Chibane, G
66. Chris White, OLB
65. Jumal Rolle, CB
64. Frank Summers, FB
63. David Snow, C/G
62. Dorin Dickerson, H-Back
61. Keith Williams, G

All of these players are on the Bills’ roster bubble, but fighting an uphill battle to getting a spot on the 53-man roster for the regular season.

Williams, Dickerson, Snow, White, Easley and Silva were all on the Bills’ roster last season. Chibane, Snow, Rolle and Heath and among the top candidates for the team’s practice squad.

Last Men Out

60. Kevin Elliott, WR
59. Antoine Caldwell, G
58. Jeff Tuel, QB
57. Torell Troup, DT
56. Brandon Kaufman, WR
55. Jay Ross, DT
54. Brian Stahovich, P

These players are very much in the mix for a 53-man roster spot, but will have to stand out in training camp to beat out their competition.

Kaufman and Elliott are promising young wide receivers whose spots are endangered by the team’s glut of young players at the position. The same can be said for Troup and Ross, who are solid players at the roster’s strongest position, defensive tackle.

Stahovich is a legitimate contender to win the team’s battle at punter. Tuel could get a roster spot if the Bills decide to keep three quarterbacks.

Rookie strong safety Jonathan Meeks could be on the roster bubble immediately, even as a fifth-round pick. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Inside of the Bubble

53. Mike Caussin, TE
52. Lee Smith, TE
51. Sam Young, OT/G
50. Jonathan Meeks, SS
49. Rian Lindell, K
48. Tashard Choice, RB
47. Jamie Blatnick, DE
46. Crezdon Butler, CB
45. Justin Rogers, CB
44. Chris Gragg, H-Back
43. Zebrie Sanders, OL
42. Keith Pough, OLB/DE
41. Marcus Dowtin, OLB
40. Brad Smith, WR/KR
39. Bryan Scott, ILB
38. Shawn Powell, P

These players should have the edge on the final 15 spots of the Bills’ roster this season.

Scott and Smith are being passed over by young talent at their positions, but both are still favorites to make the roster as situational players.

Dowtin, Pough and Blatnick are all promising young pass-rushers who have a good shot to make the roster because they can provide depth and versatilty in the defensive front seven.

Sanders, Gragg and Meeks are young players who the Bills have invested recent draft picks in, and are likely to keep for at least the 2013 season.

Rogers and Butler are competing for what may only be one spot at the cornerback position; the same can be said for tight ends Smith and Caussin. Choice and Young provide depth at their respective positions.

Lindell ranks in our top 53 because of his years of reliability for the Bills, but he is projected to be bumped out of his position as the team’s kicker.

Depth Players Who Should Make The Roster

37. Nickell Robey, CB
36. Doug Legursky, LG/C
35. Garrison Sanborn, LS
34. Erik Pears, RT
33. Colin Brown, LG/C
32. Duke Williams, SS
31. Arthur Moats, OLB/ILB
30. Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE

Hughes, Brown and Legursky are all competing for starting spots, but none of them have established themselves as solid starters thus far in their NFL careers. Sanborn is a solid long snapper. Moats and Pears provide solid depth at their positions. Williams and Robey are promising rookies who can provide secondary depth and challenge for immediate playing time.

Rookies With Breakout Potential

29. Da’Rick Rogers, WR
28. Dustin Hopkins, K
27. Marquise Goodwin, WR

None of these rookies are certain to play a big role in 2013, but all have the potential to make a big impact immediately.

Goodwin, a third-round pick, is the only one among them who is mostly assured to have a spot on the final roster. Hopkins must beat out veteran kicker Rian Lindell, while undrafted free agent Rogers has huge upside but must prove himself both on and off the field.

Da’Norris Searcy is a first-year starter at strong safety. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Fringe Starters, Definite Role Players

26. Kevin Kolb, QB
25. Ron Brooks, CB
24. Alan Branch, DT/DE
23. Aaron Williams, FS
22. Da’Norris Searcy, SS
21. T.J. Graham, WR
20. Manny Lawson, OLB
19. Chris Hairston, RT (PUP)
18. Leodis McKelvin, CB/KR/PR

All of these players will be fighting for starting spots and/or playing time in training camp and the preseason. None of them are great players, but all of them are worthy of roster spots and should play an important role this season. None of their roster spots are endangered.

Hairston is currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list with a lower body injury, but the projected starting right tackle is eligible to return to training camp when healthy.

The least likely of these players to start is Branch, given that there are three interior defensive linemen ahead of him on the depth chart, but he should make an impact in a rotational role on the Bills’ defensive line this season.

Top Rookies

17. EJ Manuel, QB
16. Kiko Alonso, ILB
15. Robert Woods, WR

The Bills’ first three draft picks in the 2013 NFL draft, Woods, Alonso and Manuel all have the talent to be excellent players. All three are projected to be starters in Buffalo this season, and could all be higher on this list next season.

Alex Carrington is a very important rotational player on the Bills defensive line. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

Impact Players

14. Fred Jackson, RB
13. Scott Chandler, TE
12. Nigel Bradham, OLB/ILB
11. Alex Carrington, DT/DE
10. Kraig Urbik, RG
9. Eric Wood, C

Wood and Urbik are key starters who have established themselves on the Bills’ interior offensive line, though both have had some injury issues.

Carrington may only be a rotational player, but only because of the talent in front of him. He is a talented interior defensive lineman who Pro Football Focus named the Bills’ “Secret Superstar” for last season. Bradham will be a leader in the Bills’ linebacker corps in his second season.

Jackson and Chandler are both coming off of season-ending injuries, but are among the top players on the Bills’ offense.

On the Verge of Excellence

8. Cordy Glenn, LT
7. Stephon Gilmore, CB
6. Marcell Dareus, DT

Dareus is entering his third NFL season while Glenn and Gilmore are each entering their second years. All three players have had promising starts to their careers, but have something left to prove in 2013 to be labeled as star players. All three players will play pivotal roles in the Bills’ success this season.

Dan and Ryan were in agreement that C.J. Spiller is the best player on the Buffalo Bills’ roster. (Photo: Robert Mayer — USA Today Sports)

Centerpieces to the Roster

5. Stevie Johnson, WR
4. Mario Williams, DE
3. Kyle Williams, DT
2. Jairus Byrd, FS (Unsigned)
1. C.J. Spiller, RB

All five of these players have proven through their years in the NFL that they are star players at their respective positions. Each of them is crucial to the Buffalo Bills’ success in 2013, and having them on the field is very important to their respective units.

One of those players, however, is not yet on the field for the Bills. Byrd remains unsigned and has not yet reported to training camp. It is very important to the Bills’ 2013 season that he signs his one-year franchise tender prior to the beginning of the year.

Tags: Buffalo Bills, C.J. Spiller, Player Rankings, Roster Breakdown, Roster Projection, Training Camp

3 Responses to “Ranking Every Player on the Buffalo Bills Roster: 2013 Training Camp Edition”

  1. Nick Zelko says:

    Poor Troup. Still pulling for him to find a role on this team. Good read.

  2. Duncan says:

    Good article. I think Hopkins stays as well as Credzon Butler


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